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GDPR ~ Giving hide and seek a new challenge …


In Europe, “The right to be forgotten” ~ now known as GDPR ~ was introduced into the public square in 2014 after a landmark case Google v. Spain.  

“In Google v. Spain, the European Court of Justice ruled that the European citizens have a right to request that commercial search firms, such as Google, that gather personal information for profit should remove links to private information when asked, provided the information is no longer relevant. The Court did not say newspapers should remove articles. The Court found that the fundamental right to privacy is greater than the economic interest of the commercial firm and, in some circumstances, the public interest interest in access to Information. The European Court affirmed the judgment of the Spanish Data Protection Agency which upheld press freedoms and rejected a request to have the article concerning personal bankruptcy removed from the web site of the press organization.” 1.

This legal judgement expanded throughout Europe, and has now morphed into what we know today as the General Data Protection Regulation standard.

By May of 2018, all major corporations that held personal information on European clients/customers had to adhere to steps to ensure privacy and, when asked to do so, expunge the personal records they held.  This opened up a whole new set of issues in ensuring that the company that was doing the purging had documented and verified electronic ways of proving they had done so.

While North America has not caught up to this standard of protection and privacy for its citizens, many individual States in the USA have implemented such laws ~ California’s CCPA being the first and farthest reaching to date.

This came about through a desire by individuals to shield their personal information from those who looked to exploit it for either monetary or nefarious gain.  If this information is about you, why did you not have the ability to make decisions about how it was used?

Privacy and protection is a starting point as we expand our thoughts on how how we wish our data to be mined by third parties and what, if any, control we have on that process as we move through the world of technology.

Like most major upheavals, the digital age was off and running before society had an opportunity to study, discuss, ponder, and decide how best to deal with all the issues that came with it.   Laws allowing you to pull back your own bits and bytes from massive data storage centres around the world,  gives back some level of control to you, the consumer.

Next week, we will touch on data breaches and why this privacy of our information continues to be so important.

  1. Electronic Privacy Information Center



The beginning, the middle, but to what end?


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From Wiki’s to WAN’s how does all this technology serve us?  Are we protected from ourselves or will the age of information prove to be too much?

“To understand why we have less privacy today than in the past, we must look not just at the gadgets. To be sure, we should be wary of spies and thieves, but we should also look at those who protect us and help us—and we should also take a good look in the mirror.” 1

When the original World Wide Web came to be, individuals’ words and actions online were well hidden – cloaked behind some magic filter it seemed, but in reality hard to access because the network architecture precluded an easy interface to retrieve the data.

Today, these platforms are constructed to be able to log transactional bits and bytes of information that we create when we simply sign on. Making it easy for both organizations and individuals to piece together our personal IP address information that is left behind, technology today has enabled a vast variety of third parties to create literal dossiers of our every keystroke.

As we navigate consumer good websites, social media applications or news organizations, we are leaving behind a digital trail that finds us again in the form of advertisements, game suggestions, or local coupons in the sidebar of our searches. Is this trade off of information for marketing opportunities enough of a value to us to abandon the anonymity we would otherwise have? If it isn’t, why are we complacent in accepting this, and, if it is, how much further down the road are we willing to travel?

Blog posts written by:  cam  ~ Harvard Alumni, Owner of Spicy Pear Media Inc , a technology and education consultative firm.

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